A gold-medal win at last month’s Four Continents Championships in Goyang City, South Korea, catapulted Japan’s Mao Asada back into first place. Asada takes the top position back from Korea’s Yu-Na Kim, who held the position since November and who withdrew from the Four Continents Championships due to injury. Four Continents silver medalist Joannie Rochette moved up three positions to No. 6. American Rachael Flatt debuts at No. 15 this week following her win at the World Junior Championships.
Thanks to their bronze medal at the Four Continents Championships, their first at an international competition, Americans Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski make their first appearance in the rankings since Nov. 19. Canada’s Jessica Miller and Ian Moram moved up three, spots to No. 17, following their fifth-place finish in Goyang City, South Korea.
The biggest move in the rankings came from Americans Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates. The team brought home gold from the World Junior Championships after winning all three of the ice dancing segments. Canadians Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier move up four positions, to No. 15, following their silver medal at the World Junior Championships. The U.S. team of Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre entered the rankings at No. 17 after earning the bronze at the Four Continents Championships.